As dozens of tiny wireless speakers flood the market, here's a look at CNET's current top picks for mini Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you wherever you go.
Best portable mini Bluetooth speakers
The market for Bluetooth speakers has exploded in the past few years, and with good reason: quality has increased and prices have dropped. Every model can stream music from nearly any smartphone or tablet, many of them double as speakerphones, too.
We at CNET have been reviewing them at a steady clip, and we've rounded up more than two dozen of our favorite models, focusing on small and lightweight units that are best suited to travel. Some of the "older" models have been discontinued but are perfectly fine and continue to be offered for sale at great prices, so we're keeping them in the round up until they completely disappear from the market.
While it's not cheap ($200 USD, £179, AU$180), the UE Boom 2 delivers very big sound and is a great choice for outdoor use. This updated version looks very similar to the original, but has improved sound and is fully waterproof. It costs around $180 online while the original UE Boom goes for around $120. Available in many color options.
The Flip's slightly bigger brother offers improved sound, as well as better battery life (and the ability to charge your other gadgets) for a bit more: $150 USD. (UK and Australia prices are far closer to that of the Flip: £120 and AU$170.) With this being a 2015 model, you can find it discounted online. The new Charge 3 will be available in 2016.
With excellent build quality and impressive sound quality for its size, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is near the top of the mini Bluetooth speaker pack, and well worth its price ($200 USD, £170, AU$250). This second-generation version features a built-in speakerphone, longer battery life and USB charging.
A lot of these small Bluetooth speakers sound fairly similar, but the JBL Pulse 2 manages to distinguish itself with a built-in light show that's fairly mesmerizing. It lists for $200 USD, £170, or AU$300, but can be had for less online.
Credit B&O Play for creating a Bluetooth speaker that doesn't look like anything out there already. The new dome-shaped Beoplay A1 is not only the smallest wireless speaker from the Danish company, but also the most affordable at $249, £199 in the UK and AU$379 in Australia. It sounds impressive for its small size and has a high-quality speakerphone.
We're fans of UE's Roll Bluetooth speaker, a compact, waterproof wireless speaker with a unique design that sounds very good for its size and has decent battery life. When it was released last summer it listed for $100 USD (£80, AU$95), but in recent weeks has come down to $70 on sites such as Amazon (and Best Buy now has it for $50 in multiple color options).
We suspect this means UE is coming out with a new version of the speaker, but the Roll is still a good deal at those discounted prices.
The JBL Flip 3 is the newer -- and improved -- version of JBL's original Flip and Flip 2. It's one of the top wireless speakers out there at $100 USD (or £110, AU$168). A 2015 model, you can now find it online closer to $80.
Sony's $150 (£129, AU$199) SRS-X33 is one of the best-sounding speakers for its compact size and measures up pretty well against the highly rated Bose SoundLink Mini II. Since this model is going on a couple years old it's now available for less than $100 online. A refurbished model can be had for $60.
If your priority is sound quality, you're better off with the more expensive SoundLink Mini II, which also has a more upscale metallic design. But if you value portability and don't want to spend the extra $70, the SoundLink Color is a solid choice. While not everybody will love its design, the majority of people should be impressed with the sound it puts out, particularly in smaller rooms.
The Beats Pill+, which charges via Apple's Lightning cable, has a lot to like about it if you can overlook its inflated list price: $229 USD, £189, and AU$267. But it is being discounted online to around $170 (£170), which helps.
Logitech's X300, which can be stood up vertically or sat down horizontally (as pictured), is a solid deal at $70 USD (£60, AU$80), sounding as good or better than many competing speakers in the $100 USD price range. Since it's being phased out you can now find it for closer to $50 online.
Divoom's Voombox Travel is a rugged donut-sized speaker that plays very loud for its size and retails for an affordable $50 USD (£35 in the UK, not available in Australia). While it distorts at times, it's still one of the stronger speakers in its size class.
The $40 USD JBL Clip+ is the successor to the Clip ($30) and Micro Wireless Bluetooth speakers. It has a couple of small changes, including a splashproof design. (Residents of the UK and Australia should check out the very similar JBL Micro or Micro II, which retails for £35 or AU$60.)
A doughnut-size Bluetooth speaker that's pretty tasty
The X100 is one of the better micro wireless speakers out there. While its sound is decent for its class, ultimately you'd probably want to pick it over its competitors because you like its design (I do) and maybe because it now only costs around $20 online (or £20).
The Klipsch Gig offers some of the deepest bass of any micro Bluetooth speaker. When it was first released, it listed for $200 USD or £150, but has now come down in price and can be had for as little as $100 or £80 online.
Scosche's $100 USD (£100, not available in Australia) BoomBottle H2O is a sporty little canister-style speaker that's waterproof and bike-friendly. It's been out a while and can be now had for significantly less online (I've seen the black version for as low as $30).
The Boom Swimmer is a small waterproof wireless speaker that has a bendable tail that allows you to hook the speaker onto anything you want. When it was first released it listed for $60 USD (£50, AU$79), but can now be had for less than half that online.
It also comes with a suction cup, so you can attach it to the wall -- or glass -- in your shower. It offers better sound than its small size would indicate, but it gets on the list for its flexible, bathroom friendly design. Available in multiple color options.
Jabra's Solemate has treads on its base to keep it from moving around at higher volumes. Now that it's been discontinued it can be had for as little as $60 online after starting out at $150 USD, £75, and AU$174.